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Remember, you can’t help with everything. Whilst maintaining the confidence of your friend, ensure you are getting any support that you may need as it can be tough looking out for others.
If you think someone has been struggling with their mental health for a period of time and:
Later in this section we will remind you of the support options that you can signpost a friend towards.
When not to signpost:
Disconnect to connect.
Intentions are what the person intends to do having had thoughts on ending their life. Intentions often sounds like:
An unhelpful coping strategy is something that may relieve the stress in the short-term, but make it worse in the long-term.
Protective factors lessen the risk of an individual carrying out their suicidal thoughts. Protective factors include:
In the UK, modern culture is negatively influencing our mental health more than past cultures have.
This school of thought suggests that unless these factors are tackled, mental health problems will continue to rise.